Davutoglu says Turkey is island of stability in tough region

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says 'Turkey is island of stability' surrounded by fragile states in complicated region during speech at World Economic Forum meeting in Davos

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 21, 2016.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has stated that Turkey is an island of stability surrounded by several fragile states in a troublesome region in a speech on Thursday at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Davutoglu, who is also a professor of international relations and author of a number of books on strategic thinking, has pointed out that Turkey has many geopolitical challenges around its own territory.

“One of the challenges [Turkey has been facing] is fragile states. There are six or seven countries around Turkey, they are our neighbours and we respect all of them, but [their] central governments can not control the whole territory recognised by international law,” Davutoglu said.

He has particularly mentioned several countries as being fragile states, these are Syria, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Yemen, and Lebanon.

Davutoglu has also recounted that there have been frozen conflicts like Abkhazia question, and Nagorno-Karabakh dispute in Turkey’s surrounding region where serious terrorist threats have alarmingly been developing against civilian populations on a large scale.

“In case of Syria, the central government has been committing war crimes against civilians,” Turkish PM stated.

However, “Turkey is an island of stability in very fragile surrounding neighbourhood,” though it has been living in the middle of all these problematic conditions, he indicated.

In addition, he emphasised that, Turkey has strong “self-confidence” during these unstable conditions because it has “a stable political framework” and “a very comprehensive political agenda,” following Turkey’s two crucial back-to-back general elections on June 7 and Nov. 1.

Davutoglu underlined that Turkey does not differentiate terrorist threats from each other, whether they are coming from PKK, DAESH, or DHKP-C.

He also touched upon the financial conditions in Turkey’s respective region saying that Turkey has also been on the rise at the economic front.

Turkey is “an emergent market” and it will be “a hub of energy” and “corridor of trade” in next two decades joining all different sections of the world, Davutoglu declared as a final point in his speech.

TRTWorld and agencies